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Funeral services will take place on Monday, September 11, 2017 at 10:00 AM (Mountain).

Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Philip, South Dakota

Masonic Cemetery
Philip, South Dakota
A visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. on Sunday, September 10 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Philip.

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In memory of

Lucille Emerson

of Philip, South Dakota, died on Thursday, September 7, 2017 at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip at the age of 94

Lucille Catherine Emerson age 94 was born to Harry and Leaona (Fargen) Parsley in Flandreau, South Dakota. She attended grade school in the country and graduated from Egan High School in 1942. She went to Madison Teachers College for two years.

Lucille was united in marriage to Keith Emerson on September 16, 1947 in Brookings, South Dakota. They made their home on the Emerson ranch north of Philip.

Lucille was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the Sacred Heart Altar Society. She graduated from Black Hills State University in 1973 and taught in the Haakon County school system from 1967 to 1987. She was also a life time member of the South Dakota Teachers Association. Her hobbies included painting, reading, and dancing.

Grateful for having shared her life are her husband, Keith Emerson of Philip; sons, Greg (Kathy) Emerson of Powell, Wyoming and Mark (Terry) Emerson of Pierre; a daughter, Debbie (Duane) Fitzgerald of Pierre; 14 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Lucille was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Ralph, Wayne, Paul, and John Parsley; sister, Mary Rosheim; step-sisters, Mary Jane and Patricia “Patty”; daughter, Ann Reinsch; and great-granddaughter Katelyn Oberg.

A visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. on Sunday, September 10 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Philip.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, September 11 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Philip with Father Gary Oreshoski as celebrant.

Interment will be at the Masonic Cemetery.

Cards and memorials may be sent to P.O. Box 345, Philip, SD 57567.

5-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m.
Sunday, September 10, 2017
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Philip, South Dakota

Monday, September 11, 2017 - 10:00 a.m.
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Philip, South Dakota

Father Gary Oreshoski

Marianne Frein - Pianist
Maureen Palecek - Vocalist
“I am the Bread of Life” #364 “Softly and Tenderly” #656
“Shepherd Me O God” #457 “O Loving God” #678
“Precious Lord Take My Hand” #685 “Lead Me Lord” #628

John Godown - Shannon Triplett

Mary Lou Guptill

Mike Gebes

Kay Ainslie

Adam Emerson - Brianna Bolger (Emerson) - Dan Fitzgerald
Denise Fitzgerald-Johnston - Steven Reinsch - Kristi Godown (Reinsch)

Darcy Triplett (Fitzgerald) - Cynthia Pierce (Reinsch)
Brian Emerson - Carolyn Rogers (Emerson) -Matt Emerson
Dallas Fitzgerald - Ben Emerson - Dawn Fitzgerald

Masonic Cemetery
Philip, South Dakota

  • My deepest condolences to the Emerson family. Even though I didn’t have the pleasure of knowing Mrs. Lucille Emerson, I understand that losing a loved one is heartbreaking. A pain that even our Lord Jesus Christ suffered when his friend Lazarus died (John 11:33) But he also gave us hope for the future found in John 5:28, 29 - " Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life." May the hope of once again seeing our loved ones give you the strength that you need during these difficult situation. For more information please visit: ~ Jen (9/29/2017)
  • Im writing to express my deepest sympathies to the family. May God give comfort from treasured friends and family. And may you take comfort in knowing God cares about you and knows your pain. 1 Peter 5:7 ~ Reed, jen (9/16/2017)
  • I was so very sorry to hear of Mrs. Emerson's passing. As one of her students, I have such respect and love for her. She started me out on my years of education and was always willing to go that extra mile for her students. She took me to my first movie ever in the movie theatre when she took her students to Song of the South. I was in kindergarten and will never forget her patience with the shy little girl that I was. God Bless you Mrs. Emerson and know that you made a difference to your students. I will never forget you and what you did for us all . My thoughts and prayers to her family and may God be with you to comfort you. ~ Tyra Austin Pierre, South Dakota (9/14/2017)
  • So sorry to learn of Lucille's passing. She was a wonderful person, a true lady. May the love of family and friends help comfort you in the days ahead. ~ Dave & Karen Webb Rapid City, SD (9/12/2017)
  • Mrs. Emerson was my very first (kindergarten) teacher at Plum Creek School. I'm sure that I gave her a hard time on occasion, but she'd already been through it with my four older brothers and sisters by then, so I'm sure she was used to it! :) She was a very kind and classy lady, and a wonderful teacher to so many. My thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless. ~ Lisa (Schofield) Jonas Pierre, SD (9/11/2017)
  • Remember the good times and always keep them in your heart. ~ Jim and Vonnie O'Dea Howes, SD (9/11/2017)
  • Hugs and prayers to the Emerson family. Lucille was a kind and gentle women. She will be missed by all. ~ Nancy Pekron Ehrhardt Brandon SD (9/10/2017)
  • Family of Lucille,
    Sorry we can't join you in person to remember and celebrate Lucille's live. Please know we are with you in thought and prayer.
    We; as a family, recall the fun times of reunions and the special connection we had with your family as children. We did not see you very often but we were "family" non the less. Your family's generosity will be long remembered.
    Love in Christ,
    Patrick and Jean Parsley
    ~ Patrick and Jean Parsley Cedar Rapids Iowa (9/10/2017)
  • I will miss this lady very much. She was just one of those sweet, genuine, always a kind word kind of person. She's received a well-earned rest and I'm sure heaven is happy to receive her. What a lady! God bless all of you. ~ Annie and Obie Brunskill Philip (9/9/2017)
  • Dear Keith and family,
    I'm so sorry to hear of Lucille's passing. We have been so blessed to have known this wonderful lady. Her kindness and grace will not be forgotten. Hugs to all.
    ~ Karen Hanson Rapid City, SD (9/9/2017)
  • Our love and prayers for all at this sad time. ~ Mike & Shar Moses Philip (9/9/2017)
  • We are sending the family of Lucille our sincerest thoughts & Prayers; Lucille always had a Smile and kind words. Keep ahold of all the fond memories; they will help you thru a difficult time. ~ Jerry & Kathy S. Noteboom 21309 Cabin Rd. (9/9/2017)
  • We are so sorry to hear about Lucille's passing. She was a very special lady, Joann enjoyed having her in her church group . We are so sorry we will not be at the funeral service, but know that we are thinking of all you folks. Hold on to all the memories. God bless you. ~ Les & Joann Pearson Philip, SD (9/9/2017)
  • Dear Keith & family, So sorry to hear of Lucille passing. She will always have a special place in our hearts a great teacher and friend when our family went through a difficult time. She always had a smile and time to visit. Very special lady. God Bless! ~ Ralph & Cathy Fiedler Sturgis, S.D. (9/8/2017)
  • Deepest sympathy for Lucilles family. She was a very kind woman always friendly to me she has risen up to the Lord now. RIP Lucille ~ Bonnie Moses Nebraska (9/8/2017)
  • Our prayers are with the Emerson family. ~ Pat and Carla Quinn Centennial CO (9/8/2017)
  • I knew Lucille as a very caring teacher and always had the best interests of her students. She was very kind and had a smile for everyone. God bless her! Lon Harter, Philip Elementary, Principal ,1979 -1984 ~ Lon Harter Sturgis, SD (9/8/2017)
  • Keith, may God be with you at this difficult time. You and your family are in our prayers. ~ James Ridler Buffalo MN (9/8/2017)
  • Keith and family How sorry we were to hear about the loss of Lucille. She was such a lovely lady, wonderful teacher, and very good friend, as well as a lovely mentor. In all the many years that we have known her, me many more than Donnie, she was always so patient and kind. Heaven has gained a wonderful angel as well as leaving a wonderful legacy in her children and grandchildren. "Miss Lucy, you will be missed." Our thoughts and prayers to you Keith, and to all your wonderful family. ~ Don and Bobette Schofield Milesville, SD (9/7/2017)